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Map of China

The World Wide Web offers a variety of online maps of China. These include maps of modern China, as well as historical maps of China in ancient times. Many of the maps are accessible for free. This guide aims to introduce China's geography and some of the best resources of the web for people interested in information about China geography and administrative structure in modern and ancient times.

Political Map of China

The People's Republic of China commonly referred to as China, is a state in East Asia. China is the largest country in area in East Asia and the fourth largest in the world (third largest by landmass), after Russia, Canada, and the United States. The PRC borders 14 countries: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Vietnam. The total Land boundaries of the People's Republic of China are 22,143.34 km. China also has a coastline of 14,500 km (see map of china below).

Map of China

Administrative Map of China: Map of China's Provinces

A province is an administrative division of China. Together with municipalities and autonomous regions, provinces make up the first level (known as the province level) of administrative division in Mainland China. The People's Republic of China currently administers 22 provinces, out of a total of 33 province level divisions. As you can see in the map below, China's largest province is Qinghai which also has the smallest population of just over 5.1 million.

Administrative Map of China

Topographic (Relief) Map of China

China has many very different landscapes, with mostly plateau and mountains in the west, and lower lands on the east. As you can see in the map below, most of China's arable lands lie along the two major rivers, the Yangtze and the Huang He, and each are the centers around which are founded China's major, ancient civilizations.

China Relief and Topography Map

Maps of Ancient China

China is one of the world's oldest continuous major civilizations, with written records dating back at least 3,500 years, and with 5,000 years being commonly used by Chinese as the age of their civilization. Successive dynasties developed systems of bureaucratic control, which gave the agrarian-based Chinese an advantage over neighboring nomadic and mountain-dwelling cultures.

Ancient maps of China (or maps of ancient China) can be found here:

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This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia articles: "China", "People's Republic of China " ,"Geography of China",  and "History of China".

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